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this -- a volunteer in virginia, housing back in 2009, between the republican and the voting booth, that will be the case this november. the most dangerous place to be is to be between of republican and the voting booth. we're energize. be there in big numbers to put a check. president obama and this administration and make changes to the policy read congress. >> what you think a range of the possibility? >> i think we will get six- eight, but election day, who knows what is one happened at the end of the day? >> you are skeptical of the i did the republicans will take the senate. >> i do not rule it out. i think that this is an environment -- there is no such thing as a safe democratic seats. i think you're seeing there right now in west virginia among other places. maybe even new york. there is a lot going on on the ground were would not be surprised to see republicans take control of the senate. >> were the ones that looked out of the reach that you could imagine coming in? >> i started -- i believe that we will hold all of our opens. we're going to pick up a number of democrati
four to flip in my mind are connecticut, west virginia, california and nevada. and if you pull delaware out of the equation, that means republicans have to win two of those four that identify. west virginia, connecticut, nevada and california. they are frankly all a tad uphill in one form or another. i agree. they can get there. it's just a little bit harder if you pull delaware out of the equation. >> i'll tell you a fact we're not including. so many progressives i know are despondant. they don't think barack obama is perfect. that's my view. they're view is he's not reaching their goals. that will be a question how that turnout occurs. if only the red hot right votes, look out, everybody. that includes boxer, patty murray, the governor of west virginia. they could all go if only people voting are the red hot right and everybody else states home or goes to the movies or sits home with the rain. >>> coming up, no country for old republicans. the far right is on the rise and when a candidate like mike castle is no longer safe in a state like delaware, you want to know just what's going o
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, virginia. this comes a day after house republican leader john boehner signaled he may be willing to compromise and vote for the president's middle class tax cut if that's the best deal he can get. today, treasury secretary tim geithner said it's full speed ahead for the administration. >> we very much welcome recent indications republicans may not hold middle class tax cuts hostage to have us borrow $700 llion from our children to make permanent tax cuts to the 2% of earners in the country. if these republicans mean what theyas say, there's no reason t delay moving forward on these -f on tax relief for the middle class. >> with me w nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd and also my co-host on "the daily rundow" nice to see you again. >> howdy. >> hello. feels like thefo white house is ready for a rumble with john boehner. we even expect the president to bring this up again this afternoon talking with the fairfax family about the economy. >> that's right. look. they think they have developed a foil in john boehner. right? the premise of ten days w
by suing the federal government over the provisions of the new health care law, virginia attorney general ken kuchnellie predicts his case will end up in the supreme court. >> i hope in about a year and a half to come to a building bout two blocks that way and restore the balance of power between the states and the federal government and to kill the health care bill dead. >> reporter: similar rally was held last year with a much bigger turnout. xplained that many tea party supporters came to the glenn beck rally a few weeks ago and couldn't afford to take the same trip twice, : julie. >> julie: in washington, thank you very much, steve. n.a.t.o. forces in afghanistan break up a terror plot aimed at breaking up next week's election and the province killing a taliban commander and four insurgen. rt intelligence reports say the group was planning to fire rockets on afghan polling places. held captive for more than a year in iran now, another deal on the table that could possibly bring an american woman home. but she leaves behind two american friends, iran refes to release. new informatio
virginia that also voted. they all voted in republicans as governors. and in the u.s. senate scott brown. why? because these candidates are speaking directly to the immediate concerns. american people. they want limited government. they want government to stop growing, and stop spending. they want a lower tax burden and they want their individual freedom back. i can understand why the left would think that's a radical agenda, but that's where most of the american people are. and it's completely within christine o'donnell's power to pull this off. she's got now the g.o.p. establishment and by the way, the republican establishment ought to be ashamed of themselves, they have disgraced themselves in their smear campaign against this woman. now they're starting to close ranks. but listen, the only reason you have a tea party movement in america today, which is now mainstream america, no longer a move. are is because the g.o.p. establishment, because for years they went down the road of being democrat light, big spending, big government programs, and not just the republican base, but a lot of
't want to purchase. when the same lawsuit was filed in virginia, by the attorney general of virginia, ken keusch cuccinelli, that's been on your show, a federal judge in virginia appointed by a democratic president said when the government tried to dismiss the case, you know what, the attorney general of virginia is right, congress has never done this before, she have a -- they have a very strong argument to say it doesn't have this power, i'm not going to dismiss the indicate -- the case. so the passer in florida, a lawsuit, joined by 19 other states, the federal government doesn't reply with an answer, it replies with an appeal to dismiss the lawsuit so, the judge will only dismiss the lawsuit if there's no legal basis for it whatsoever. there is. martha: will it be let's move on to the next step? >> correct. the next step will then be a legal analysis of the history of the commerce clause and whether the constitution was written to give congress this kind of power. for example, suppose the congress declares that the sun causes skin cancer. that would be a reasonable statement to make.
. >> reporter: the president visited a family in fairfax, virginia to talk about what more he'd like to do to help the economy and he later joined a larger group which included small business owners and john nicholas and nicole armstrong's back yard to explain what his economic policies have and have not accomplished so far. >> we've stopped the bleeding and stable is liilized the econ but the pace of improvement has not been where it needs to be. >> reporter: the president is trying to push the senate to pass a small business jobs bill which includes about 12 billion dollars in tax breaks and 30 billion dollars to encourage lending. which the treasury secretary says is what the struggling dmi needs. >> this bill will accomplish two big things, it will cut taxes for small businesses, it will make loans credit more available to small businesses. and it provides this boost for job creation without adding to our deficits. >> mr. obama says he could sign the bill into law if it were not for the republican leaders in the house and senate. >> we're still in this wrestling match with john bainer
tomorrow afternoon, heading from iowa to virginia." with a theme throughout the papers this morning, divided government. a response to the president's weekly radio address yesterday, "can the two parties work together in the next congress"? for republicans, 202-737-0001. for democrats, 202-737-0002. for independents, 202-628-0205. yesterday from "the washington post," based on a weekly radio address and internet address yesterday -- host: also this morning, "politics and policy." host: we will get your phone calls in a moment, but first year is the president yesterday in his weekly address. >> many of the republican leaders were amongst the architects of the failed policy. grounded in the same moral philosophy, cut the taxes for millionaires and billionaires, cut the rules for wall street, cut loose the middle class to fend for itself. that is the echo of a disastrous decade that we cannot afford to relive. host: paul pearson has this, "cough up in the middle. what is a president who do"? "had the president realized earlier that he never could have won over corporate america, he nev
. >> and now for>> sports. >> collegefootball, big upsets keep on coming, don't they? number 13 virginia tech losing to james madison at home, mind you. ran for two touchdowns, threw for another one and the final madison coach, mathews calls it the biggest win in school history and this is an scs team formerly division two. to south bend the game of the game. michigan and notre dame. to rudolph, 95 yard score and it's the michigan quarterback robinson stealing the headlines 502 yards total offense and measured michigan wins a tight one. and let's talk nfl. the 91st season of the nfl officially underway and break it downhat teams to look out or. big daddy of the nfl, richard delgato, president and ceo of coastal advisors insurance, good to see you, big daddy. >> you, too. you were down in new orleans for the big game. saints and vikings, a boring game as you and i were speaking about. beforehand the players walk out and both teams line up and both have the number one up in the air. this is solidarity among the players union. is there a chance we face a strike and have no footbtall this time n
tried across golf courses in northwest florida. >>> a flilg victory against tenth ranked virginia tech, boise state picking up number one votes and a lot of people think they are the best team in the country. >> seriously? >> they are creeping up on ohio state. only 13 points behind the buckeyes for the number two spot. alabama is down seven from the preseason poll. despite the fact they won by 58 points on saturday. >> come on. >> who does alabama play this week? >> penn state. >> who does boise state play? gene autry university? >> they are tough this year. >> it's a jv team. >> in oregon. >> pensacola community college, actually, i think. seriously, boise state. they play one team and we have to hear about them all year. i'm not knocking boise, people. boysy boise are some of the best people in the world. >> you always say that. >> i do. do i not say boysy people are some of the best people in the world? >> stop his mouth! >> stop it! >> please. i'm going to have to ask you. there is a -- >> oh? >>> strange game. brewers and cardinals. umpire bob davidson was having a bad night. som
's interesting, you know, it's the same thing that happened to green in west virginia where popular governor is now finding to be a tough fight in a state where barack obama is not popular. in florida, you get a cross fire. >> we're going to invite all three of them to join us in the situation room between now and november 2. we're going to invite all of the senate candidates to join us. because the voters have a right to take a look at these candidates. so thanks very much, david, for that. >>> by the way, we have more poll numbers coming in on key battle ground states in california, in illinois, and alaska. this new cnn/"time" magazine poll, stand by, we'll share those numbers. some will, in fact, surprise you. >>> up next, we eerl going 're update you on the horrific bus crash in washington, d.c. people are trapped right now. we have a producer on the scene. then, major victory for emergency workers on the scene in the harrowing moments after the 9/11 terror attacks. new information coming in from capitol hill. >>> we've been following this bus crash outside of washington, d.c. in bethesd
of indiana, the virginia attorney general thater has been very controversial. the people not speaking are any member of congress who voted for the giant stimulus package. all these people here are for less government spending for aller government in general. you see there are quite a few of em. look at the march underway at pennsylvania avenue if we ha that video. thousands of people marching from the washington monument where they had a prayer rvice earlier to the capitol steps where they expect to hear the speeches and speakers. the whole message of this event is a very political one; whereas, glenn beck came and it was somewhat of a solemn affair on the national mall aouple of weeks ago. this one is very political in advance of the elections. one of the organizers dick army says it's to send meage to incumbent candidates. re is what he had to say. let's slisten. >> it's a choice between smal government conservatives or big government liberals. big spenders versus people responsible with the taxpayers money. >> the slogan o the march here today is remember november. so they want people when
in a very interesting place. at a hardware store in virginia, which probably carries a bunch of chinese tools. boehner's buddy house minority whip eric cantor he launched a preemptive strike on the democrats in an op-ed in today's "the wall street journal" and he writes "the progressive left end game is very simple. this comes -- first comes the provocative class warfare rhetoric. second comes the vast assumption of government control over the economy. third comes the growth of government spending and entitlements, and higher taxes on our nation's job creators and workers." you know what, i've got to give the guy credit, he knows what the playbook says. kantor is grabbing at straws. crying about class warfare, my friends, is one of the oldest arguments in the book. the republicans and the top 2% have been economically carpet bombing the middle class in this country for the last 30 years. but they belly ache about class warfare anytime their tax cuts are in jeopardy. hold it right there. i thought we were concerned about the budget. i thought we were concerned about the fiscal responsibi
. virginia, go ahead. caller: hi. i wanted to speak on nancy pelosi in support of her voice for aiding the people. one of the things that i think that has happened is the republicans have controlled the message. however, at the end of the day when it comes time for them to stand forth for the voting, people are going to find out that the republicans are selling a product without instructions. and that is going to be detrimental to them and their message that they've been continuing to churn out. it's a marketing ploy. and it's a very good one at this moment, but i think when if educated population decides to actually tune back in and say let's get on the band wagon they're going to find out that the republicans have been selling poison to the people. host: so you're saying thingless change as we get close to november caller: absolutely. i don't necessarily believe in all polls. i do watch them. but i do believe that there is an issue right now with the people that they're calling. i don't think that every person's household has been called and i think they're targeting certain areas to
a list." west virginia, carl, tea party member, what you think of this call for political pragmatism? caller: i would vote for any party that supported small government. i was disappointed in george bush jr., who increased the size of government. i have been to these key party rallies, as far as i can see is just a bunch of good american people who are for smaller government, they are about getting government out of the way and letting the economy boomer. i want to tell you, this is the most left-wing program i have ever seen. host: left wing? are you there? we lost him. clearwater, florida. caller: one year ago these not jobs were bringing a loaded assault rifles to peaceful town hall meetings and now they are burning books in gainesville, florida. this is crystal love -- krystalnacht all over again. host: i do not think you can make the correlation between tea party members and the preacher in florida. caller: by disagree. remember, the definition of fascism is the far right. and i will say, i call them teabaggers. they are dangerous. host: we will move on. ellen, pennsylvania. cal
and virginia, south of fredericksburg. interstate 95 at route 1, spotsylvania has two overturned vehicles and a horse trailer that overturned in the medium. both directions of interstate 95 south of fredericksburg are affected. we had a crash in the inner loop near braddock roper that will hang you up out of springfield, virginia. there is an accident in college park with a motorcycle down on the inner loop on route one on your way into greenbelt. blue and orange lines delayed from metro because of a sixth customer who has been taken care of. >>> another beautiful day in washington. here is a look at the sun rise in frederick. there is a few-clouds and 55 degrees in frederick. our forecast for today calls for a lot of sunshine and a cold front will move through and it will become breezy at 10-20 miles per hour. 82 will be a high temperature today and sunny and near 80 tomorrow and chance of showers thursday into friday and 70's for saturday. >>> today is primary day in maryland and d.c. and the polls are now open. the contentious matters raised in d.c. between mayor adrian fenty and vince
levels. mcdonald the new governor of virginia moved it back to 2006 levels. is that a good enough start in your mind? >> we have to make commitments. put them on the table that we will ramp spending back significantly. remember, president obama increased the federal spending by 25% in about 24 months. consider that the federal government was not a lean, mean machine before president obama took over. so these are good beginnings. we need to be very clear. i think you are going to hear clear prescriptions from republicans going forward. they have to be bold statements that are going to turn our country back toward prosperity. then we'll inspire the confidence of the people. again, no one should take a landslide for granted. i want to damp down enthusiasm. there is no given that the republicans will take over the house or the senate. only if we work very, very hard. i know that in my own race. we had to work extremely hard in order to win in fall. >> sean: we had young guns on the program earlier this week. they wrote a book, they were talking about the conservative ascendancy. i said it i
virginia, and delaware. if republicans win any of those seats and are seated immediately as expected, the republican filibuster would be harder to overcome. and there is another issue democrats might want to come to grips the popularity of their health care reform law. a recent poll looks like a strong plurality opposes the law, 23% of the opposers think the law did not go far enough. 20% opposed only a few changes. finally today president obama signed into law what may be the last item democrats passed before the mid-term elections, the small business package which includes tax cuts as well as provisions to make loans more availabile. let's turn first to "washington post" staff writer, "newsweek" columnist and msnbc contributor ezric kleine. the topic tax cuts for the middle class, tax cuts for the rich, the audience is the house democratic leaders. what should they be hearing they don't seem to be? >> the reality is the house democratic leaders see much more willing to take a chance. they can count to -- they can do the math when they don't have the votes. you mentioned this in you
heads to a private residence in virginia to discuss the economy. >>> and imam continues to address the controversy surrounding his proposed cultural center and mosque in manhattan. he spoke this morning, saying he was saddened by recent events and gretted any misunderstandings on his intentions to build a mosque two blocks from ground zero. >>> this morning on the "today" show, robert gibbs continued his attack on john boehner. >> i think he represents the eight years that got us into this mess. cozy with lobbyists. tax cuts for the wealthy. you know, letting big corporations and wall street decide what's best for the american people. we tried that, meredith, it didn't work. it failed miserably. millions of people are out of work because of those ideas. >>> more evacuations in colorado after the second wildfire started in the state. this one burning in loveland. this latest wildfire is 10% contained. it has burned more than ten acres of land and destroyed one home. >>> mexican authorities have made the second arrest ofa drug cartel leader in as many months, capturing the top lieute
in fairfax, virginia. the president just wrapped up a meeting with la local family. the nicholas armstrong family. the president is now in the backyard outside hosting a discussion on the economy. about 30 families for the area are with the president to keep an year an eye on this event and bring you any development from it. >>> backed to the mixed signals there seems to be about whether republicans are willing to compromise on tax cuts for the middle class that president obama is pushing for. today a spokesman for the li senate's republican, mitch mcconnell says every senate republican will oppose the president's plan if the tax cuts don't include the wealthiest americans. this weekend john boehner said he would consider extending those tax cuts to the middle class, but his deputy is not backing that possible compromise. richard wolffe is an nbc political news analyst. richard, though it's not just republicans showing mixed signals, y have house democrats reds districts who are also apparentlyconcerned. >> reporter: right. well this is all about appearing like you're in tune with the mid
after the election, the terms of three a pointed senators expyre from west virginia, illinois and delaware. if they are seated immediately as expected, the republican filibuster would be harder to over item. another issue with which democrats may want to come to grips before the mid-terms. the popularity of their health care reform law. a poll looks like a strong plurality oppose. 23% think the law did not go far enough. 20% opposed only a few changes. finally president obama signed into law what may be the last item passed before the mid-term elections. the small business package which that includes taxes and makes loans more available. let's turn to "washington post" staff writer, news week california um nift and msnbc contributor, ezra kline. the tax cuts for the middle class and the rich. the audience is the house democratic leaders. what should they be hearing that they don't seem to be? >> the reality is that the house democratic leaders seem more willing to take a chance than the senate leaders. dick durbin said they can do the math and don't have the votes. you mention
back-to-school pep talk with the nation's students. coming up, a chat with a virginia teacher who was face-to-face with the president on monday. >>> cuba's seismic shift. a half million government workers getting pink slips. >>> gornlg i'm tony harris. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >>> a tea party favorite and a gop candidate locked in a tight race, a long-time congressman battles ethics charges and five opponents. it is primary election day in seven states and the district of columbia. we are spotlighting the hot races. paul steinhauser joining us live from washington, d.c. paul, delaware and, let's say, new hampshire top our list because of what we like to call the tea party factor. >> reporter: you are absolutely right. this last big round of primaries this year, and you've got that kind of crisis going on there on the republican side in the primaries. tea party backed candidates and conservative candidates taking on and gaining strength at the expense of the mainstream republican candidates. long-time did republican candidate mike ca
a month ago a judge in virginia declined to throw out a lawsuit filed by that state, making similar claims that the obama health care plan requirement is unconstitutional. the judge wasn't clear about which parts. it's more than he wuntd clear. he just declined to say which parts of the case he would throw out. this case in florida makes two claims. the constitutional claim, and then they also say that the state should not have to pay additional medicaid costs. that it's unconstitutional to require them to come up with the money for the program. he didn't say which parts he'll throw out. the fact that he'll let the case continue is another tactical victory for critics of the plan. >> thank you very much, pete williams. again, that ruling from the judge is expected october 14th. thank you, pete. >>> and right now hurricane igor is pushing across the atlantic on a track that could take it directly to bermuda. igor is expected to remain a dangerous category 4 hurricane through thursday before it reaches the bahamas this weekend. then forecasters believe it will downgrade it to a cat 2. julia
that this id s noa bad college town to rire in. harrisonburg, virginia, home of james madison university which beat virginia tech this weekend not that we're taking notice of that or i am. thanks for joining us, amanda. i wanted to ask you, in trms ofs these college towns, you picked the best college towns to retire in. how did you arrive at othis? there are lots of llege towns. >> sure. these coege towns have the traditional traits that retirees yook for, low taxes, affordable housing, good health care. on top of that each local college or university has a specific program that allows retirees to go back to school, to take courses in everything from the arts, language, literature, history. so seniors love these. they are using the courses to fill in the gaps from their education, from their undergraduate years. >> more than being on the golf course. >> exactly. you can't golf every y. >> as candy put it lots of keggers. let's get to the top five. starting at number five, let's put that on screen, bellingham, washington, 80,000, home of western washington university. why there? >> well, this
the candidates that could possibly challenge the democratic majority. host: all right. virginia. joe, you say, no. why? caller: i am not over all happy with what is going on. the reason why i say that is we -- even with the tea party candidates, the only thing we would do is slow down the change. there has not really been any change. understand,don't that i find quite pertinent, with as much discontent as there is from voters -- voting with former democratic candidates as well as republican candidates, while a third party hasn't developed as in with what ross perot? i'm afraid the tea party candidate would do nothing more than to split the votes, we're in a general election the democrats would come back on top. host: on our 20 page -- twitter page -- that comes from helen. san diego. joanne. you say, yes, you are happy with the tea party-backed candidate. caller: i am thrilled. we have a great slate in california with carly fiorina alabama and meg whitman -- host: what she tea party? caller: i have to confess i have not gone out to one of the events, but i am thrilled that people in our country a
of the new benefits at a backyard event in falls church, virginia, today. >> number one, paul already mentioned, the issue of lifetime limits. that is not going to be the rule anymore after tomorrow. if you've got a policy, you get sick, the insurance company covers you. number two, pre-existing conditions for children, children who have pre-existing conditions are going to be covered. number three, we're going to make sure that if young people don't have health insurance through their employer that they can stay on their parent's health insurance up to the age of 26. >> now, who the heck could be against all of that? well, there's an outfit called the republican party. now, this country was at war over health care for over a year. and now we're starting to see real-life results. >> i want to thank you, first of all. i have a son with entractable seizures and this bill will make a huge dmifrs our life personally. >> in march of this year i was diagnosed with high-grade stage 2 non-hodgkin's lymphoma. i'm feeling great. if it wasn't from this bill i probably wouldn't be feeling great b
a letter from fraesh man democratic congressman from virginia who collected over 30 signatures from other moderate democrats who want to preserve -- >> that's congressman nye who is in a fight for his political life. >> i believe so, yes. trying to get him on the show. this is including the upper bracket earners included in this. pelosi does not seem to be bundling on this, insisting the cuts should only remain for the middle class. >> it's fair to say you're not open for that one to two-year extension compromise? >> not for the wealthy, no. that's my position. again, we listen to our members. i think the president gave us exactly what we needed, clarity. and the public is with the president. >> all right. >> she can take that position if she wants, pat. but if you're congressman nye or pair ehlo or from the south tore midwest, you're a lot closer to peter orszag's position which is extend them for two years while the economy is bad. that's keynesian economics by the way and let them expire two years from now. >> and suppose she succeeds in having only extended for the middle tax cuts and
, the former virginia governor, current u.s. senator there and a former entrepreneur. then the republicans. there have been a lot of chatter, if you recall, about six months ago about the idea of former reagan chief of staff ken guberstein friendly with those in the white house. tell me, havana, an intern replacement or will this happen soon? >> it is almost assumed at this point rahm emanuel won't be able to pass up this choice, but senior officials acknowledge that the timing is not good for the white house. so it is a real question. i think a lot of people felt if there's going to be this blowout for republicans in november there would be a shakeup somehow, some way, maybe it comes a little bit earlier than planned. i know we'll be talking about this a lot in the coming days for sure. >> it is something that is moving a lot faster than people realize. >>> we'll move on. in colorado, dozens of homes are now caught in the path of the major wildfire burning out of control near the beautiful boulder foothills. nbc's miguel almaguer is there. how bad does it look this morning? >> reporter: c
with families in virginia to push the same message he tried to drive home during a news conference on friday. >> middle class, middle class families, middle class, middle class families, middle class families, middle class tax relief, middle class tax cut. middle class, middle class families, middle class families climb into the middle class. >> nbc's mike viqueira is live at the wte house. i think i'm pretty clear who the president is targeting here. what do you think? >> john boehner. it you're absolute right. it's the middle class, not uncommon for a president. remember president clinton's bridge to the 21st century? all about the mile class. the president talking time and timegain how he has cut taxes for the middle class. it all comes down to the election. this is the contempt which the president is speaking now. you saw him kick off the campaign season last labor day withthat stemwinder of a speech out in mock taking republicans to task and republicans now threateninthe democratic majorities certainly in the house, if not the senate. you're going to see this heightened rhetoric from no
us saying the democrats from parkersburg, west virginia. caller: good morning. i was inspired by president obama's speech yesterday. we were certainly on a downward spiral and after he took over we continued downward. now i think things are showing in little but a promise. we are on the way back up. on that recovery, is it going to be a recovery for the american people or will it be a recovery for the corporations that do business both domestically and internationally? it has got to be for the people to rebuild the middle class. that is where the tax base comes from. host: the president talked about the middle-class system. his speech is available on our website, a derrick from washington, d.c., you say either the third party or you don't know. caller: it is a third party. i am 47 years old and from my lifetime i was a democrat, i was a republican, i will cover -- brought me to my senses. in that neither party. america is in a unique paradigm. right now all of the stimulus packages that are being proposed -- the federal government is broke. this money is being prin
group in a home in northern virginia right outside washington, d.c. he complained that his administration is in a wrestling match with republicans over a tax break for the wealthiest americans. let's bring in our senior white house correspondent, ed henry, and theio senior political analyst, gloria borger. for pryou. the president was low key today as he has been for the last couple of days. what's going on? >> they have john boehner back in a corner with some of the president's fiery speees last week on the tr this time he was in a smaller group in a back yard. maybe he didn't need to throw out as much red meat. but they feel good inside the white house for a first time in a long time. they feel they're in offense after playing so much defense. that's all because of what happened. if you play out over the last few days, friday's white house news conference, the president really underlini the message that the republicans should not hold the le class hostage by demanding that you also extend the tax cuts for the rich. at the same time you do them for the middle class. 48 hou
from virginia, theresa lewis has been executed. she died by lethal injection. the 41-year-old grandmother was convicted of plotting the 2002 killings of her husband and stepson. asked if she had any last words, lewis said, quote, i just want kathy to know i love her and i'm sorry, referring to kathy cliffton, the daughter of one victim, and the sister of another. her lawyers argue that lewis borderline i.q. allowed her to be manipulated by her co-defendant. >>> today at the u.n., president obama told the general assembly now is the time for israelis and palestinians to work toward a future that includes a palestinian homeland and a secure israel. the president also says the door remains open for talks with iran. however, iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad suggested the u.s. was somehow involved in the 9/11 attacks, prompting delegates from the u.s. and several allies to walk out. >>> a $42 billion bill aimed at helping small businesses cleared the house today with the support of just one republican. the senate passed its version a week ago with two republicans backing i
that rolled into west virginia, and numerous wind reports across parts of new york city. this is the radar now. much calmer conditions today. most of the energy well off to the north and east, and we don't anticipate severe weather with this system. karl is now a major hurricane. category three storm and it's going to slam into mexico this afternoon. back to you guys in new york. >> thanks. >> you bet. >>> well, there's a new sheriff coming to town. the white house says that she'll be keeping a close eye on wall street and the fat cats who gambled away all of those 401(k)s. >> her name is elizabeth warren. this afternoon, the president plans to introduce her as his new special adviser. her goal, set up a consumer protection agency. keep the big banks on the straight and narrow. ed henry is live at the white house this morning. ed, elizabeth warren apparently not afraid to tango with wall street elite. will she have power? >> that is going to be the big question. she's been fearless about taking on the big banks and this obama administration, frankly, in her role as chair of the congressional o
: on this list from "the washington journal" to have a list." west virginia, carl, tea party member, what you think of this call for political pragmatism? caller: i would vote for a party that supported small government. was disappointed in george bush jr., who increased the size of government. i have been to these key party rallies as far as i can see is just a bunch of good american people who are for smaller government, they are about getting government out of the way and letting the economy boomer. i want to tell you, this is the most left-wing program i have ever seen. host: left wing? are you there? we lost him. clearwater, florida. caller: one year ago these not jobs were bringing a loaded assault rifles to peaceful town hall meetings and now they are burning books in gainesville, florida. this is crystal love -- krystalnacht all over again. host: i do not think you can make the correlation between tea party members and the preacher in florida. caller: b disagree. remember, the definition of fascism is the far right. and i will say, i call them teabaggers. they are dangerous. host: we
of west virginia, he wants to be a democratic senator, just yesterday, he came out and said tax cuts should be held in place. he joins people like joe lieberman, ben nelson of nebraska, bill nelson of florida, jim webb of virginia, all these are moderate democrats. how do you buck that trend when these people are drib ling out by the day? >> you're exactly right, bill. if the conservative -- the conservative democrats are worried, they understand that what's been driving this conversation for the longest time has been that the white house has not been paying sufficient attention to the economy, that the unemployment numbers remain high, and that most americans are pessimistic about what the future holds, and this is everything from the tax hike to the decifit. but for the moment, what we saw last week was the president going on the offensive and saying where are the ideas, where is the help coming from with republicans and the white house has forced congressman boehner to say he would agree to tax cuts even if it meant the tax cuts for the rich weren't coming through. that as you kno
the elections? virginia write, depends on how smart or stupid people are. if they're smart, the increase in poverty levels will create a corresponding increase of votes for the democrats. why anyone poor would vote republican is beyond me. missy writes it doesn't matter if democrats are at fault or not, they're the party in power. the nation looks to them for solutions. when they fail to address the very real problems this country has they deserve all the blame that is heaped upon them. joe writes, hard to say how it will affect the elections. it does indicate how effective the emfa service preventing the transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor has been. the rich are assuccumulating al the wealth. mike writes, the only group people can turn to if they are fed up with the status quo is the tea party. it's very possible people are voting for the tea party candidates simply out of frustration, not knowing what the group really stands for. she writes from arizona, it will probably be bad for the democrats as there are so many voters out there with short-term memory loss who don't rememb
for politics at the university of virginia and joins me, good to have you here. i want to play for folks who tuned in with the interview with christine o'donnell, and i wanted your thoughts on that race. >> my opponent has a liberal record that does not resonate with the people and had to resort to dirty true u-tricks and mud slinging but i'm confidents, the polls reflect the voters are seeing right through it. martha: what are the polls telling you about the race. >> it is very, very close, and the republicans face a conundrum in delaware, tomorrow night. essentially, their choice is this: they can pick christine o'donnell with whom i think they agree on more issues, she's clearly more conservative, than the other candidate, congressman mike castle, who is a moderate to liberal republican, and the problem is, delaware is a democratic state. and, every poll i have seen, public and private, suggests that mike castle will win the seat in november, defeating democrat chris kuhns, and christine o'donnell will probably lose the seat in november and it is a conundrum, do you go with the candidate
, republican congressman eric cantor of virginia is the house minority whip, kevin mccar ty, the deputy whip, and the ranking member of the house and budget committee. together, they have written a new book, "young guns -- a new generation of conservative leaders." good morning to all of you. >> good morning. >> before i get to the book, i want to talk about the primary. mike castle, the moderate versus christine o'donnell, the tea party candidate whose views as kelly pointed out on social issues may not sit well with swing voters. the republicans may lose the seat in november. eric, do you agree with that? >> meredith, what's going on now across the country, obviously people are upset with washington. they're tired of politicians that make promises they just can't keep. what we're seeing across the country some active primaries. and, you know, what we have done here is we've gotten together a couple of years ago and we put together an effort in search of candidates who could actually respond to that very issue. >> do you agree with castle? if o'donnell wins and in fact the republicans lose
. >> reporter: the president met with middle-class voters in fairfax, virginia. >> i'm a massage therapist. >> i've got a crick in my neck right here. >> i bet you do. >> reporter: and there he continued to push the idea that republicans have a stranglehold on a middle-class tax cut and are holding it hostage until it's extended to wealthier americans as well. >> because wages and incomes had flatlined for middle-class families, they should definitely get an extension of the tax cuts that were instituted in 2001, 2003. >> reporter: over the weekend house republican leader john boehner essentially gave in, saying he'd go along with continuing those bush tax cuts for middle-class voters even if the cuts for higher wage earners are allowed to expire. >> if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for them. >> reporter: but leader boehner realized he was out on a limb all by himself. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said senate republicans are united against any tax increase. >> only in washington could someone propose a tax hike as an antidote to a reces
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